Open mike 30/03/2019

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33 comments on “Open mike 30/03/2019”

  1. Incognito 1

    Apologies for the belated OM.

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    Thomas Beagle: “while some argue that the rise of the extreme right is a good reason to give our government more power to monitor people and limit certain forms of political expression, the international rise of neo-fascist governments is surely a reason to make sure we don’t carelessly give our government powers that may be used against us in the future.”
    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/29-03-2019/why-mass-surveillance-is-not-the-answer-to-the-atrocity-of-christchurch/

    People do have a history of using representative democracy to produce oppression. The problem seems to arise when elected reps get the idea that they are a privileged caste who know better than voters. Then they embark on political careers as servants of vested interests. We’ve seem politicians of the left and right both do so.

    • Incognito 2.1

      We’ve seem [sic] politicians of the left and right both do so.

      And of the centre; don’t forget the centre, Dennis, or you could be accused of being a ‘moderate’ 😉

      • Dennis Frank 2.1.1

        Good point. I was tacitly including them in my spectrum-wide framing, but I agree it’s better to do so explicitly.

  3. marty mars 3

    Great initiative. I hope this happens.

    “Little said he was fast-tracking a widespread review of New Zealand’s existing hate speech legislation.

    This would include deciding if hate crime should be established as its own separate offence, as it is in the United Kingdom…

    … “I certainly think that the laws dealing with what we call ‘hate speech’, and human rights law, are woefully inadequate,” Little said.”

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-shooting/111661809/hate-crime-law-review-fasttracked-following-christchurch-mosque-shootings

  4. adam 4

    MSM in the USA along with guardian is now in the gutter. It’s sad world when RT look’s like the responsible one.

    • Incognito 4.1

      Trust is one of the crucial cords in the fabric of society but is becoming as rare as a Dodo in Düsseldorf.

  5. lprent 5

    I’m going to have a poke around inside the server this evening to look at why a new drive in the big hdd raid keeps dropping off the array (I suspect a cable issue).

    While it is offline I’ll add another ssd into the the standard’s raid array as another spare. One of the ssd’s that is in there is starting to show some wear on the low level scan.

    So expect to have the server go down tonight for an hour. Probably latish as I have to get Lyn off a provincial flight from Taranaki where she has been shooting (cameras).

  6. marty mars 6

    Great video explaining structural racism in Britain – spoiler alert – it’s here too.

  7. cleangreen 7

    Watch as our world disappears before our eyes as Climate change worsens.

    https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/101-videos/0000015d-3cb1-d1cb-a7fd-fcfd49980000

  8. marty mars 8

    Disgusting and really – didn’t mean to cause offense? sure you didn’t

    “A Hamilton City Councillor who wore an anti-vaccine t-shirt to an autism awareness event says she didn’t mean to cause offence.

    But Siggi Henry, known for her strident anti-fluoride stance, is defending her anti-vaccination views, saying many parents are too accepting of medical advice.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/111670561/hamilton-city-councillor-apologies-for-wearing-antivax-tshirt-to-autism-fundraiser

    • joe90 8.1

      Scum are scum, wherever they be.

      On the cost to communities.

      .

      When we talk about vaccines, we tend to talk about the clinical impact of refusing them, the potentially deadly danger that vaccine-preventable diseases pose to the unvaccinated or the immunocompromised when herd immunity breaks down. Every grave illness and death is an individual tragedy, but the cost of vaccine hesitancy also enforces a shared public toll.

      […]

      The numbers can grow much bigger still. Researchers at the CDC estimated that handling 107 cases of measles that occurred in 2011 cost state and local health departments between $2.7 million and $5.3 million. In 2014, 42 people came down with the disease after passing through Disneyland at the same time as a never-identified person with measles—and subsequently infected 90 additional people in California, 14 more in other states, and a further 159 people in Canada. The cost of controlling the outbreak, just in California, totaled almost $4 million. And in 2017, a five-month outbreak of measles in Minnesota infected 79 people and cost the state $2.3 million.

      The funding to support that work isn’t being conjured out of the air. It’s coming from the budgets of public agencies, which have already been facing years of cuts and have no secret stashes of discretionary money to spend.

      https://www.wired.com/story/anti-vaccine-movement-true-cost/

      • One Two 8.1.1

        Who is ‘scum’, Joe?

        Precicely…who are you referring to?…

        And while you’re caught up on costs…

        $4bn has been paid out by the US taxpayer on top of DoJ costs as they defend the liability free pharmaceutical companies…

        $4bn for vaccine damaged, injured and maimed children…

        Scum!

        • The Al1en 8.1.1.1

          I’m guessing the wanker who put a yellow star on his jacket, thus equating the nuttery of anti vaxers with the horrible racist human suffering of the nazi holocaust, Phil.

        • joe90 8.1.1.2

          Who is ‘scum’, Joe?

          Surely you’re not that fucking stupid…oh, that’s right….

          • One Two 8.1.1.2.1

            Your posts regarding vaccines prior to the chch events, showed how little you understand about the subject…

            So, not just one of your pathetic few words followed by a link…I’m asking you again…who precisely are you referring to as scum?

            If you’re going to reignite the discussion, then you’re going to need to explain yourself…clearly…

        • greywarshark 8.1.1.3

          One, Two
          Does the yellow star not enter your consciousness? If you are strongly anti vax does that limit your vision?

          • One Two 8.1.1.3.1

            On more than one occasion you’ve suggested others to not use certain terminologies… and yet you’ve asked a pejorative laced question….

            Does the hypocrisy limit your thought?

  9. marty mars 9

    I think it’s important to note this as well. I cannot remember hearing these and I think that is wrong.

    And from the initial media coverage in the hours after the attack, we can also learn something about how New Zealand sees its place in the world.

    Our media dutifully reported on the condolences from United States President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, former US president Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Canada’s Justin Trudeau – and of course the Royal Family.

    But where were the voices from Asia, where more than half of all the world’s Muslim population lives? The only Asian leader seen fit to merit a mention in most news coverage was Pakistan’s Imran Khan – probably because his cricket legacy makes him a household name for many New Zealanders.

    But that didn’t mean he was the only Asian leader who said something.

    Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population, tweeted his condolences and condemned the violence. Footbridges in south Jakarta were lit up in the colours of the New Zealand flag every night for a week.

    Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan shared his condolences in a video message on Instagram. “Jakarta stands in solidarity with Christchurch, New Zealand, and all of its residents who are known for their peace and openness to anyone from various backgrounds.”

    Indonesia lost several of its citizens in the attack. As did India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Ardern in the hours after the attack “underscored India’s solidarity with the friendly people of New Zealand at this difficult time”.

    I could go on – the leaders of Bangladesh, China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and more sent messages.

    But the point is that the absence of media coverage, particularly when it comes to the views of the world’s most populous Muslim countries, is just another example of how Anglocentric New Zealand continues to be. This indicates a major blind-spot for us as a country.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-shooting/111470236/messages-of-condolence-form-asia-in-the-wake-of-the-christchurch-attacks-went-unreported

    • Macro 9.1

      +1 marty
      It needs to be said.

    • WeTheBleeple 9.2

      I’ve been watching stories with a few, but the same, keywords for a couple of weeks.

      ‘Ardern’ being one of them.

      I commented on her popularity in Arabic press around the 17th.

      You could write a series of articles just on the articles generated.

      Are our media eurocentric on purpose?

      The stories were one obvious keyword away.

    • greywarshark 9.3

      It is shocking how much of the world we hear nothing about. On a regular basis.
      Someone shoots themselves in the foot in the USA every day and we seem to have some sort of cheap news feed with them. Yet other things, I forget how many interpreters they need at Auckland hospitals but we have a huge number from a wide range of countries here.

    • Gabby 9.4

      I don’t think Nuttyahoo’s heartfelt message has been mentioned either.

      • marty mars 9.4.1

        So you’re equating him with these Asian leaders? yeah nah please try harder.

  10. joe90 10

    Oh boy.

    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/banksy-chimpanzees-brexit-day-1504156

  11. joe90 11

    Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

    A modified version of the Christchurch shooter manifesto circulating online includes a payload that overwrites the master boot record in Windows to show a custom message upon system reboot.

    Modifying the master boot record (MBR), which contains details about available partitions and helps load the operating system, allows the malicious payload to start immediately when the computer boots, even before the operating system is started.

    It is suspected that this weaponized version of the manifesto is being distributed as a vigilante attack against those who want to download the original document and to halt its spread

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/vigilantes-counter-christchurch-manifesto-with-weaponized-version/

  12. greywarshark 12

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/385473/serial-robber-let-into-nz-four-times-without-authorities-noticing

    Immigration New Zealand said travellers coming from visa waiver countries, including Australia, were asked questions about convictions on their arrival card and would be refused entry if they did not meet character requirements.

    If not, Australians were granted a residence visa on arrival.
    Five Australians were deported last year.

    Last year, the then New Zealand high commissioner in Canberra told the Joint Standing Committee on Migration that Australia was deporting about one New Zealander a day.

  13. greywarshark 13

    AirNZ lacks cred. Get with it I say. Body art on this guy looks good.
    They seem to think it competes with the koru that they use.
    wtf.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018687642/air-nz-denies-man-with-ta-moko-a-job

  14. marty mars 14

    Keep these types rising to the surface – they are low and must be voted out. Plus wtf Hamilton – another dipshit representative – sort these muppets out please.

    “A Hamilton politician has criticised New Zealand for commemorating those killed in the Christchurch terror attacks.

    City councillor James Casson took to his political profile page on Facebook to share his views on the Christchurch shootings and give advice on how Kiwis should respond to the mass killings.

    … Hamilton Mayor Andrew King was saddened by Casson’s comments and didn’t believe his “fringe opinions” reflected the views of most New Zealanders.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-shooting/111672944/hamilton-city-councillor-urges-kiwis-not-to-mourn-christchurch-terror-attack-victims-anymore

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